Modern Brews + Beats episode 76

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Modern Brews + Beats episode 76
Modern Brews + Beats episode 76

Artists RIVIN, Little Bird and more are featured on episode 76 of Modern Brews + Beats podcast. Full track listing here. Be sure to follow the Modern Brews + Beats Instagram and Twitter account. You can also follow and subscribe to the show on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsTuneInand Stitcher. 

RIVIN Give You Up

Tunecrush: RIVIN “Give You Up”

The pandemic has affected our platonic and romantic relationships in profound ways. RIVIN explores this in his single, “Distance”, as well as this new release, “Give You Up”, co-produced by Ali B. The lyrical refrain this time is for a new opportunity to reconnect and recommit to a deeper love.

It’s been way too long I am missing your voice
The world’s drivin crazy I’m playin here alone

This distance and silence is feeding my void
I’m begging you baby just pick up the phone

You, you’re the only star I want in this whole universe
You, let me show you how I love you without using words

Enjoy the lyric video above. The song is also available for purchase at Bandcamp and other digital outlets.

Sananda Maitreya Pandora's Playhouse cover image

Tunecrush: Sananda Maitreya “Pie”

From his album, Pandora’s Playhouse, Sananda Maitreya releases a video for the single, “Pie”. Along with animation and what looks like a who’s who of young Italian modeling talent, you see references to the transcendental and irrational number π. Being considered famous – a celebrity – has transcendence and irrationality baked in the pie, if you will. Given the work, time and chance needed to produce the product, who wouldn’t want to enjoy every fucking slice they can before their mortal demise? As Maitreya sings, “It’s paradise if you want to sweat a lot, and pay the cost”. Especially poignant is the yellow submarine image with himself, members of the Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Mozart and Prince floating away. As an artist who is – thankfully(!) – still with us and making music, I share this track as a celebration and want him to enjoy all the pie here and now.

John Oates Creates All-Star Livestream For Charity

In response to food insecurity caused by COVID-19 pandemic, John Oates of Hall & Oates fame has assembled an all-star virtual event to raise funds for Feeding America. Here’s the official press release for Oates Song Fest 7908 scheduled for March 20, 2021.

John & Aimee Oates, Drive Entertainment Group and NugsTV are excited to announce more amazing artists who have recently signed on to perform and raise funds for Feeding America® on March 20, 2021 at 8 PM EST. Sharing duties as John’s co-host will be the mysterious, mystical and musical internet sensation Saxsquatch.

“We estimate approximately 50 million people could face food insecurity due to the ongoing economic fallout from COVID-19 and recovery will be long,” said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. “We are deeply grateful to John & Aimee Oates and all of the participants of Oates Song Fest 7908 for helping to raise awareness and funds to continue our support for our neighbors in need.”

Newly Announced Artists:
Dan+Shay / Michael McDonald /Darius Rucker/ Sara Bareilles / Gavin DeGraw / Jewel / Matt Nathanson, Infinity Song, Louis York , and Quinn Sullivan.

In addition to the all-star line-up of:
Dave Grohl, Daryl Hall, Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Jim James, Keb Mo, Shawn Colvin, Michael Franti, Big Kenny, Malina Moye , Sheila E. and Jim Lauderdale.

Plus, celebrity guest appearances by Tichina Arnold, Monica, Angie Harmon, Mike Wolf (American Pickers), The Professor (Basketball Genius), Hayley Orrantia (Goldbergs), Margo Rey.

Prior to the show, Nug.TV will stream a special, exclusive, one on one, in depth interview with Grammy winning, super producer Dave Cobb from the historic RCA Studio A in Nashville where he works. John will be talking to Dave about his musical influences and how he records with incredible legendary and award-winning artists to help them realize and record their songs. In addition, over the next few weeks leading up to the show, Oates will be hosting a series of Instagram Live interviews with some of the artists who will be performing.

During the broadcast of “Oates Song Fest 7908” viewers will be able to donate via a unique QR code and at www.feedingamerica.org/oatesfest.

Makin’ Beats with J/O/E

My co-host Tony Dunn and I had an opportunity to interview J/O/E on episode 51 of Modern Brews + Beats podcast. Since then, he’s released the project, 4pk with Fostepco (available on Bandcamp). If this is your introduction to him, get into his music and check out the Q&A. Then, visit the podcast to hear more from him.

GLM: If you had to describe your sound in three words, what would those words be?

J/O/E: Authentic, Raw, Alternative 

GLM: Name three beers that folks new to North Texas must try and why:

J/O/E: No particular order. First, El gran Pepinillo, a pickle & pepper lager from Hop Fusion Ale Works. Perfect amount of flavor without losing its beer integrity. Also make a great Michelada. Second, Dadgum IPA from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. Just something about the citrus tasting west coast hops in there that would make a non IPA drinker enjoy it. Third? Hmm, Sweet Fang from Panther Island Brewing. This chocolate peanut butter milk stout just hits all the right spots for me. Reese’s cups are my favorite candy & this is definitely that in an adult beverage.

GLM: You have a skateboard in your image. How long have you been boarding?

J/O/E: Since early 2000’s. Always been a Fan. Yes, I do flips tricks & all that jazz. Favorite skaters include Stevie Williams, Paul Rodriguez, Andrew Reynolds, & Geoff Rowley. Favorite skate video is Baker 3.  

GLM: If you only had one social media or music handle to give for fans to follow, what would it be?

J/O/E: @BrewedUpJoe Facebook/Instagram/Twitter

GLM: Name three artists/producers you’d love to collaborate with?

J/O/E: 9th Wonder, Madlib & Black Thought RIP MF DOOM

Hear more at Bandcamp.

Cole G. Photo Credit: Chauncia V.

Makin’ Beats Q&A with Cole G

My co-host Tony Dunn and I had an opportunity to interview Cole G on episode 48 of Modern Brews + Beats podcast. Since then, he’s released two projects – the latest of which is PTO Daze (available on Bandcamp). If this is your introduction to him, get into these beats and check out the Q&A. Then, visit the podcast to hear more from him.

GLM: What equipment are you using to create your beats? Any new tech or app toys?

COLE G: Currently I use a Maschine MK3 & a MPK Mini. It really seems like all I need for now. I like having a pretty minimal setup at the moment. Forces me to make the most out of what I have. I see producers with all these other cool techy products, and I feel like I would get too overwhelmed with all of the equipment lol

GLM: As you find the samples to build on for your beats, has there been an artist or group whose work you’ve developed a new appreciation for? 

COLE G: Yes, too many! From the early Chicago Jazz scene of Sun Ra, to pop sensations of Janet Jackson & Mariah Carey. It’s dope to really dive into some artist discography. Everyone knows their hits, but you’ll be surprise of some of the hidden gems you can find off their albums. One artist in particular is Dionne Farris, my mom actually told me to check her music. I never heard of her before, but she has a beautiful song called “Hopeless” on the Love Jones movie soundtrack that I have sampled. 

GLM: Any specific plans for 2021 releases or shows? 

COLE G: Nothing hard planned at the moment but a lot of ideas. Would like to drop a project that has good mixture of both instrumentals & vocals/raps this year though. Right now just working on my craft, and creating as much as possible until that spark comes and I start entering “album mode.” Have been sending beats to some homies though, so hopefully get some more producer credits under my belt .

GLM: Will you and your brother, Blaksmith, consider doing a full album together?

COLE G: Oh most definitely! I produced majority of tracks for his last album. It’s dope having my brother as a rapper because the natural chemistry is there. Nothing new planned yet, but we work super quick together. So when the time & energy is right, I’m confident we’ll put something together again easily. 

Be sure to follow Cole G. on Instagram and Spotify.

Tunecrush: Little Bird “Proxima”

Been listening to this track from Charleston, South Carolina-based band Little Bird for a few days now. It’s a mid-tempo rock groove with a dab of R&B. Lyrically, they’re either entertaining aliens or taking a personal trip to the outer limits with help of substances. Either way, I’m digging this. Since this is the first outing of a trilogy, I’m excited hear where their music will go. Check out the title track of their EP, Proxima: ALPHA.

Hear more and purchase on Bandcamp or Spotify.

Thank You for the Music: Ari Gold

It was 2006-2007 when first became aware of vocalist and performer Ari Gold. I’d received a press release for his album, Transport Systems, that featured glowing reviews from leading gay publications as well as Billboard and even Clive Davis. I reached out to Rich Overton who was handling his PR at the time for an interview with Ari after sharing my thoughts on the album on my previous blog and podcast, Mandrake Society Radio.


I remember Ari being a joy to talk to and I had an opportunity to record two interviews with him. He was adamant about LGTBQ artists being bold in their music and not waiting for mainstream pop acceptance. It was through him that I would become aware of organizations like OutMusic – The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). By the time he released his follow-up project, Between the Spirit and the Flesh, I’d gone on a sabbatical from regular blogging and podcasting.


We followed each other on Twitter and that’s where I first learned of his cancer diagnosis. I was so hopeful for a recovery. So it was a big shock to learn that he died this past Valentine’s Day – just three days after his 47th birthday.

I’m very grateful to have had an opportunity to know him and promote his music through my media channels.

Peach Tree Rascals

Peach Tree Rascals Put All The OOZ On Your Mind (VIDEO)

This is some California sun-soaked, folky-jazz business and I’m here for it. Los Angeles-based Peach Tree Rascals is comprised of producer/mixer Dominic “Dom” Pizano, rappers-singers Issac Pech, Tarrek Abdel-Khaliq, Joseph Barros, and creative director Jorge Olazaba. 

Check out their single, “Ooz”. With its sing/rap flow and calm, monosyllabic chorus, it’s easy on the ears and sticky. Plus, the animated extraterrestrial journey of a video is a fun watch.

Tunecrush: RIVIN’s new single “Distance” evokes 80’s pop vibe

His name may be new to GLM readers, but RIVIN plans to make a new name and new ear candy for your headphones. When the London-based musician wasn’t touring, his vocal talent was heard in English, Italian and German with major agencies in Germany for TV, film and advertising. Listen to the track, then get to know more about RIVIN (born Riccardo Vino) in our exclusive Q&A below.

As an accomplished pianist and actor, it feels like RIVIN is a creative rebirth for you. Is that accurate?

You could say that. In the last few years, I had toured with my band in Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland, singing classic “radio days” music of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. It has been a wonderful journey where I have learned a lot in terms of stage presence and building a connection with the audience. Before that I have worked as an actor, yes, but the problem with acting is that you are pretty much on wait mode all the time.. the famous telephone that never rings. I had not time to wait. So, since music is where I started (I began taking piano lessons at the age of 5) it is also where I went back to. And after singing for many years other’s people music I had decided it was time I wrote my own songs, and commit full time to pop music.

I like the 80’s pop feel in this new track. What inspired it?

I wrote the song in April 2020 while in Berlin during the first lockdown. Common words like distance, isolation, remote had become the new norm in our daily vocabulary. That’s how the new track, “Distance”, came to life. I didn’t want anything sad or melancholic though. I remember you could hear all kind of Covid songs everyday on social media. Most of the time, they weren’t very happy. I wanted something upbeat, energetic and fun – something uplifting. While many of my songs may come from a place of pain or discomfort, they still contain a message of hope and optimism, always. As far as the 80’s inspiration, the music from that era is so full of colours and energy that me and my producer Jineo decided to go all for it.

Is there a full-length album on the way? If so, when and what sounds can we expect on the full album?

Yes, I’m working on a full-length album which will probably be released in September. I’m still working through titles. There will be ballads, like “I’ll Never Say Sorry”, dance-pop, chillout, top 40. I like experimenting and I like exploring. Maybe one day I’ll be known for that guy who sings intense weepy songs, like Lewis Capaldi, or maybe I’ll be more of a Weeknd guy. Time will tell. Stay tuned!

Follow RIVIN on Instagram.